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  • Judge requires DNA analysis before considering bail for suspects in deaths of elderly couple

    March 13, 2018 5:14 PM 13

    The judge presiding over the case involving the St. Thomas man and his girlfriend who are charged with the murder of a Jamaican-Canadian couple in Retreat, St. Thomas two months ago has ruled that a DNA analysis must be completed before bail can be considered. Justice Luciana Jackson made the ruling when the matter came up for mention in the Parish Court

  • Refugee claims by Venezuelans surging — UN

    March 13, 2018 3:37 PM 6

    GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Nearly 100,000 people who fled Venezuela have claimed refugee status since the start of 2017, the UN said Tuesday, as it ramped up response plans for a displacement crisis likely to worsen. The UN refugee agency said the number of Venezuelans who have sought asylum has shot up 2,000 per cent since 2014, but the most dramatic

  • Weather Update: Partly cloudy skies expected today

    March 13, 2018 12:23 PM 6

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that partly cloudy conditions are expected across the island this morning. This afternoon should see isolated showers and possible thunderstorm mainly across western parishes, while partly cloudy conditions are expected elsewhere as well as windy across southern coastal areas

  • Some Florida citrus growers hedging bets with bamboo

    March 13, 2018 5:15 AM 6

    FLORIDA, USA (AP) — Some Florida citrus growers are hedging their bets amid an uncertain forecast by growing a new crop — bamboo. Byron and Cynthia Matteson planted 35 acres of bamboo at their Frostproof farm last week. The fatal bacterial disease citrus greening has led to more than a 70 per cent reduction in Florida's annual citrus crop while nearly

  • St Ann, St Mary schools also hit by teachers' sick-out

    March 13, 2018 5:15 AM 6

    OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Several public schools in the parishes of St Ann and St Mary were among those affected by the islandwide sick-out by teachers, yesterday. Students who turned up early at some schools, including Ocho Rios High and those on the morning shift at Brown's Town High, were sent home early, while students did not turn up for the afternoon

  • Accused in murder of elderly St Thomas couple further remanded

    March 12, 2018 9:16 PM 7

    The two people charged in connection with the murders of Jamaican-Canadian couple Melbourne and Etta Flake in Retreat, St Thomas were further remanded when they appeared in court Monday. Twenty-five-year-old Fabian Skervin and his girlfriend Nekia Thompson were ordered to return to court on April 12. They are each charged with two counts of murder

  • Public school teachers stay home in wage related protest

    March 12, 2018 6:06 PM 5

    As widely expected, a significant number of public schools in Jamaica were affected by industrial action on Monday as teachers stayed home in protest against the government’s wage offer. Some parents of primary and high school students were forced to put in place measures to accommodate their children elsewhere as several schools closed their doors

  • LOCAL FORECAST Monday, March 12, 2018

    March 12, 2018 5:40 PM 4

    There is a high pressure ridge building across the central Caribbean including Jamaica. The Ridge is expected to remain across the region until Wednesday when a Cold Front enters the central Caribbean. This morning, expect isolated showers across sections of northeastern parishes. This afternoon, expect isolated showers mainly across central and western

  • Montego Bay completes clean-up today, following Friday's flood

    March 12, 2018 2:32 PM 8

    Final clean-up activities are scheduled to take place today in sections of Montego Bay, St. James which were extensively flooded on Friday. Several neighbourhoods were inundated following several hours of heavy rain in the afternoon, flooding streets and disabling vehicles trapped in the water. Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis told RJR News every effort

  • Passenger shoots up taxi

    March 12, 2018 2:00 PM 6

    A man travelling from Old Harbour to Spanish Town, St Catherine, shot and injured two persons after exiting a taxi he boarded minutes before. According to police reports, approximately 2:30 a.m., yesterday, the man was one of the passengers travelling in the vehicle that plies the Old Harbour to Spanish Town, upon reaching McCook's Pen he asked for a stop. He got out and opened